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Cast

Tom
Welling
as
Clark Kent

Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang

Michael
Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor

John
Glover

as Lionel Luthor

Annette
O’Toole
as Martha Kent

John
Schneider
as Jonathan Kent

Jensen Ackles as
Jason Teague

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Luke Schelhaas.

Directed by Whitney Ransick.

Original Airdate


Spirit
originally aired on Wednesday,
April 20, 2005.

Synopsis

What would a Smallville prom be without a body
snatching prom queen?

High Point

The ice cream dinner scene.

Low Point

If he sent Jonathan for that, then he knew what kind
of danger he was
putting the host in. That’s way out of character, and
seems to have
been forced into the plot as a mechanism for relaying
a particular
piece of information.

The Review

This episode’s basic plot was about as
original as last
week’s. It wasn’t even original when it was used as
the series finale
in the first Star Trek series. I give it 2
out of 6.

The effects were not bad, but they weren’t
anything we
haven’t seen before. Clark’s dash in the blackout was
very nicely
done. The problem was in consistency for the story;
if Jonathan
responded to the conclusion, then it was visible, and
Clark would have
noticed it at other times. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story had some very interesting
implications
(particularly in the B-plot at Luthor mansion), and
the execution was
decent apart from a short span at the end. I give it
4 out of 6.

The acting is always amusing with a body swap
episode. There
was some nice out of character work all around,
particularly from
Annette O’Toole. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response wasn’t great. There
were amusing
moments, but the teaser portion that aired before the
credits
completely removed any sense of suspence. Yeah, they
were trying to
make the fans think something else was going on, but
when the “body
snatching prom queen” line has been blasted so often
on all the ads,
including the one that aired right before the episode,
there’s not
going to be a lot of confused members of the audience.
There were
amusing moments along the way, and a B-plot that
worked quite well, so
I’ll give it 4 out of 6.

The production is the typical quality for the
show. The
lighting in the Jason/Lex confrontation was very well
done. I give it
5 out of 6.

Overall, despite some predictability, it’s a
nicely made
episode leading us into the end of the season. Only
four episodes are
left. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Spirit receives 29 out of 42.